Mother Jones has a good overview of Zack Kopplin’s work against the terrible Bobby Jindal, but I object to them characterizing him as a troll: he’s a good investigator who honestly exposes Jindal’s views. And they’re pretty terrible views:
Jindal, who studied biology at Brown and was considering Harvard Medical School before attending Oxford, has left a bit of a paper trail as to where he really stands. In 1995, while still a student in England, he published an essay in a small Catholic journal, This Rock, attacking atheism. He asserted that there was “much controversy over the fossil evidence for evolution,” and he put himself squarely in the camp of intelligent design. “No evolutionary biologist has produced or ever will produce a conclusion with any relevance to the necessity of God,” he argued. “At best he can push the location of the supernatural assumption from the origin of life to the origin of matter, energy, and order.”
One interesting point is that Kopplin seems to think Jindal is smarter and more devious than most people assume.
But Kopplin, who attended the same magnet school in Baton Rouge as Jindal’s two kids currently do, suspects the governor’s support for the law is purely political. “I mean, who knows? I could be totally wrong, and maybe Jindal believes this with his whole heart,” Kopplin says. “Which is more why I go back to what his kids are learning. I had their seventh-grade biology teacher at [University Laboratory School] where I went for middle school, and I know she doesn’t just teach evolution—she’s absolutely obsessive about it. If Jindal actually was a creationist, I think he’d have a much bigger problem with his kids being taught what evolution is.”
I don’t know which is more charitable: to assume he knows better but is calculatedly making a bad decision, or to assume that he’s a delusional ignoramus who is pushing his views sincerely. Neither one would speak well of Jindal.